While the whole trap community raves about Omnisphere and Nexus, it’s Arturia’s V Collection that’s the not much talked about go-to VST for many of your favourite producers – and for a good reason. With the recent update Arturia now offers 24 classic synth emulations. Some of our favourites always were the Mini V, DX7 V, and Jup-8 V, but now they have added new instruments who we’ve used constantly as hardware or plug-ins for years, so we’re super stoked to get our hands at the V Collection 7.
The highlight for many synths lovers is probably the emulation of the British classic EMS Synthi AKS. But we have high fived each other when we saw that the classic Casio CZ Series is included as well as a Mellotron in which you even can load and playback your samples! Plus you get another 800 new presets in Analog Lab! See what’s new below:
We love the sound of the Mellotron – the legendary British tape loop-powered keyboard. Everybody knows the iconic Beatles sound on Strawberry Fields Forever right? Arturias version comes complete with all the original tapes (strings, flutes, brass, choir, …), but the real killer is the ability to import your own samples for processing with the Mellotron tape emulation. Whoop whoop!
Synthi V emulates EMS’ rather fabulous portable modular system from the early 70s, and Arturia claim to have captured its “wild, unpredictable nature” through “advanced component modelling”.
Last but not least, as big fans of Samiyam, we are stoked everytime we can fire up the Arturia CZ V – a reimagining of Casio’s awesome budget-priced 80s phase distortion synths, the CZ-101 and CZ-1000. Included is a custom editor, huge modulation potential and awesome effects. Great for lo-fi beats!
With all the deep control of the instruments, we usually start by firing up one of the 8000 (!) Presets from Analog Lab. Analog Lab is the VST that is sort of a preset browser for all the V Collection synths – with predefined macro controls (automatically assigned to the knobs of Arturia’s MiniLab controller keyboard) for tweaking. Navigating and filtering through the presets is a joy and if you find a good starting point, you can still call up the full instruments if you really want to dig in deeper than the 16 controls available in Analog Lab. Only caveat: The stand-alone version of Pigments is in the V Collection apparently not included. This is certainly not a deal breaker, but would have been nice to have to drill deeper into the presets.
Arturia V Collection 7 runs on macOS & Windows as stand-alone as well as VST, AU and AAX plug-in formats. Everything is easily installed and licensed with Arturia Software Center App. You can get the V Collection 7 for a discounted 399 Euro until June 10 – after that date it goes up to 499 Euro, the update from a previous V Collection costs you only 199 euros.